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Judith Montano is a very well known name in the stitch world. She subtitles her book "Transforming Traditional Stitches Into Fiber Art".
Every stitch, suggestion & idea in this book is applicable and adaptable to needlepoint. I was very interested in this book when I ordered it. I love the idea of doing "more" with needlepoint although I don't exactly know what this "more" might be.
To quote the back cover
"Create lifelike trees, flowers, ocean corals and more with 60 stitches and 67 stitch combinations"
"Learn artistic embroidery techniques for building layers, creating dimension and perspective and blending shapes"
"Translate your favorite snapshot of any landscape or seascape into fiber art".
I think you can see what interested me here.
Free-Form Embroidery is filled with amazing shapes, drawings, suggestions and instructions but what I really wanted to see were the Stitches that you use to do it all.
The 60 stitches I found are almost all easily adaptable to Needlepoint. A few might take some skill but mostly, these are terrific stitches. Some of them are stitches you will already be familiar with.
There are many drawings & templates for trees, flowers etc plus an very interesting chapter about how to "Think Like A Painter".
This book inspired me and that does not happen that often, to me anyway. A wonderful Book.
Free-Form Embroidery is a glossy cover paperbound book with 126 pages. Published by C & T Publishing in California, Judith Baker Montano copyrighted this book in 2012.